Today: E winds 15 kt. Seas 4 ft. Fog.
Tonight: S winds 10 kt. Seas 3 ft. Fog.
Sat: S winds 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. Fog.
Sat Night: SE winds 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Sun: SE winds 20 kt. Seas 2 ft.
3) ROWING ICE DOES NOT USE A GPS TRACKING BEACON - ONLY FROM CHARLES DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE HE IS... THIS IS A MAJOR OVERSIGHT. IF CHARLES MAKES A MISTAKE, LOSES HIS ELECTRONICS, HIS POSITION BECOMES A GUESS. FOR ONLY US$200 HIS POSITION COULD BE ACCURATELY KNOWN 24X7 WITH EMERGENCY MESSAGING. I SEE THIS INTENTIONAL DISREGARD AS A MAJOR FLAW.
1) He departed Wales Alaska on July 1st and took 9 days to only rowed 200 miles to Kivalina. The Speed Over Ground (SOG) was about 1 mph so a 3,500 mile NW Passage requires 3,500 hours or about 146 days of non-stop rowing. Just not going to happen. Can he row faster? Only time and Charles knows for sure. But I'd bet adverse weather and sea ice are going to stop his progress on many occasions.
2) He says he will be stopping at native villages to re-provision. Unless he has made advance arrangements he cannot expect foods to be surplus for a Frenchman. Barrow? Cambridge Bay? Sure, but not small hamlets. Unbelievable expectations - boy is he that naive?
3) The weather forecasting services of SEAROUT have not been stellar - Charles would be much better off to use the National Weather Services ftp email service (Atlantic)(Pacific)(Alaska)(Alaska Coastal). As simple as sending an e-mail requesting specific weather for a region or specific forecast file and those details are returned by e-mail in about 6 minutes. Near real time weather with accurate forecasts for 3-5 days. Charles would have the information when he required to make the best decisions.
4) There are up to five avatars named "Charles Hedrich" posting on everything from his blog, Facebook, and to his website with content, dates, news articles which are not from Charles... this is known as too many cooks in the kitchen - which results in the food being burned.... ouch! I suspect Charles's sons and wife are using his access codes and pretending to be him to further his "earning a living" adventure exploits. In the name of M-O-N-E-Y for his family.
So there you have it... one high-energy Frenchman hoping he can pull off a miracle in his 55th year of challenging Mother Nature on planet Earth... My advice would be to aim for Cambridge Bay in 2013, winter over ROWING ICE then start rowing again in 2014 to Pond Inlet then winter over once again at Pond Inlet and start rowing again in 2015 to the Davis Strait's Arctic Circle. GOAL!!! He would become the first person to row the complete 3,500 mile Northwest Passage. No one says you have to do it in one short 100 day minimum ice season.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
I hope Charles listens to the advice - I know he will when Mother Nature "talks" to him. But will he pay attention? He will else learn a very hard lesson.
You cannot fool Mother Nature!
Wales to Cape Thompson (PKZ220)
Cape Thompson to Cape Beaufort (PKZ225)
Fri: N winds 15 kt. Seas 4 ft. Fog.
Fri Night: NE winds 10 kt. Seas 3 ft. Fog.
Sat: E winds 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. Fog.
Sat Night: E winds 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Sun: SE winds 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Sun Night: S winds 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Mon: S winds 20 kt. Seas 4 ft.
Tue: S winds 20 kt. Seas 4 ft.